Location: Issor, Midi Pyrenees, France
Part of a portfolio of bijou rental properties in the the French Pyrenees this project involved a comprehensive remodeling of an old stone farmhouse that dates from 1857.
A light interior for a heavy building. The existing low ceilings and small cellular rooms felt ungenerous despite the large volume of the stone farmhouse. 3|10 Studio proposed connecting the ground floor to the upper levels by introducing voids above to allow the life and activity at the heart of the house to be shared.
5 double bedrooms are arranged over the three levels at the extremities of each floor plan and the structural support for the staircase landings is incorporated into a bookcase that holds a changing array of books and curios to keep the journey interesting!
The entire project was internally insulated and a ducted warm air heating system connected to both the wood burning stove and the woodchip boiler amply satisfy the winter heating load for the house.